North American B-45C 'Tornado'

  Manufacturer:North American
  Base model:B-45
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1924-Present
  Basic role:Bomber

  Length: 75' 4" 22.9 m
  Height:25' 2" 7.6 m
  Wingspan: 89
  Wingarea: 1,175.0 sq ft 109.1 sq m
  Empty Weight: 48,903 lb 22,178 kg
  Gross Weight: 112,952 lb 51,225 kg

  No. of Engines: 4
  Powerplant: General Electric J47-GE-15
  Thrust (each): 5,200 lb 2,358 kg

  Range: 1,910 miles 3,075 km
  Cruise Speed: 456 mph 734 km/h 396 kt
  Max Speed: 579 mph 932 km/h 503 kt
  Climb: 5,800 ft/min 1,767 m/min
  Ceiling: 43,200 ft 13,167 m

Known serial numbers
48-001 / 48-010

Examples of this type may be found at
United States Air Force MuseumWright-PattersonOhio

B-45C on display

United States Air Force Museum


Recent comments by our visitors
 Kenneth Simmons
 Madera, CA
Hi there, I just took over the care of the B-45A at Castle Air Musuem. Yesterday I was washing the aircraft for the first time and talked to a guy who work on these aircraft back in the 1950's was stationed at an airfield north of London, England. If I see him again or anyone else, is there an address or email address that they can get a hold of John Frredriksen.
08/12/2007 @ 13:27 [ref: 17579]
 , NJ
B-45 Serial 010 and if I remember right 011 were often used for J-52 (JT8) flight testing by the experimental engine performance group at Pratt & Whitney,East Hartford in the early 60's.I spent many a day writing up the test programs and monitoring those test progress. It's good to see that someone preserved the old bird.
07/31/2007 @ 09:06 [ref: 17378]
 John C. Fredriksen, Ph. D.
 Smithfield, RI
Hi, all. I am writing the first book-length study of the B-45 Tornado and want to hear from people who flew it in Korea, 1950-1956, especially with Detachment A, Detachment 2, or 6091st Flight, USAFSS.


08/09/2006 @ 13:50 [ref: 13835]
 Don White
 , FL
Q. Do you think the B-45 was originally designed to utilize the P&W R4360 engine but as jet engines became available, the 4 jets were substituted?
04/03/2006 @ 06:57 [ref: 13018]
 Don White
 Jacksonville, FL
Until 1954, B-45s stationed at Okinawa regularly performed photo reconnaissance over the north part of Korea I was at Kimpo (K14) when the 4th Fighter Wing would "detail" 4 F-86s to escort the B-45s. I heard the B-45 was a very stable platform and produced very useful photos. One B-45 was shot down after the truce, in late 1953; its crew was lost.
04/03/2006 @ 06:53 [ref: 13017]


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